Refurbished phones

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sadievan, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. sadievan macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    What exactly do they do to the refurbished phones they sell before they sell them? Is it worth buying a refurbished phone or are you buying someone else's problems.

  2. WeylandYutani macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2010
    If you get a refurbished phone expect to make multiple trips to the Apple Store until you get a phone for which you have not *yet* detected a problem.

    It's a nightmare.
  3. Gavernty macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
  4. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
  5. sadievan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    This would be refurbished from ATT online store.
  6. sadievan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    This would be from ATT's online store. I checked out the link you gave and can't see any iphones in it. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place. Do they sell refurbished at the Apple stores?
  7. doodads macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2007
    East BF, TN
    I bought a refurbished 3G phone from AT&T recently. After two days, it wouldn't accept or make phone calls. I took it to my Apple store, they checked it out, said it was defective, and gave me another phone.

    I have bought three refurbs in the past prior to this phone and never had any problems with them.
  8. sadievan thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2010
    Did you buy from an ATT store or online?
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Apple Refurb looks like new, has warranty like new.

    If you get "refurb" from elsewhere it might not be the same experience.
  10. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    AT&T does not refurb their phones the same way Apple does.

    Apple puts a brand new battery and exterior case on each refurb iPhone. It doesn't sell refurb iPhones, they're used for warranty replacements.

    There are threads on here where people purchasing refurb'ed iPhones from AT&T have had them arrive w/ the previous owners data on them. :eek:

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